CACI Forum Azerbaijan-Uzbekistan Cooperation Bridging the Caspian-15

The vision of a transportation corridor linking Europe to Asia through the Caucasus and Central Asia was conceived almost a soon as the USSR collapsed. However, in spite of progress, major infrastructure remains to be built for this corridor to truly matter. In the past year, geopolitical developments have spurred the states in Central Asia and the Caucasus into action. Major regional states have linked arms like never before to speed this corridor into realization. To discuss the corridor, its challenges and its implications, the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute invites you to the following web-based Forum.
 
PANELISTS:
Dr. Brenda Shaffer, a Research faculty member of the Energy Academic Group at the Naval Postgraduate School
Dr. Mamuka Tsereteli, Senior Fellow with CACI
- Regional speakers TBD

MODERATOR:
Dr. Svante Cornell, Director, Central Asia-Caucasus Institute

WHEN: December 4, 2023 9:30 AM EST

WHERE:  Register via Zoom

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On November 1, 2023 Rumsfeld Foundation's #CentralAsia, #Mongolia, the #Caucasus and #Afghanistan (#CAMCA) fellows delivered their capston presentation on the implications of the current challenging geopolitical and geoeconomic environment in the world on regional cooperation dynamics among CAMCA countries. In this forum, speakers explored how factors such as shared security concerns, regional conflicts and economic interdependence shape various strategies and initiatives to enhance collaboration and fostering mutual understanding among CAMCA countries.
 
Moderator: S. Frederick Starr, Chairman, Central Asia-Caucasus Institute at the American Foreign Policy Council (AFPC)
 
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CACI Forum Azerbaijan-Uzbekistan Cooperation Bridging the Caspian-8

In recent months, Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan have concluded important agreements. This is an indication that the cooperative spirit that has developed in Central Asia is extending across the Caspian Sea to the South Caucasus as well. On November 2, CACI hosted a hybrid Forum discussing the implications of this trend for the wider region.

PANELISTS:
- H.E. Khazar Ibrahim, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the United States of America
- H.E. Furqat Sidikov, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Uzbekistan to the United States of America
- Dr. S. Frederick Starr, Chairman, Central Asia-Caucasus Institute

MODERATOR:
- Dr. Svante Cornell, Director, Central Asia-Caucasus Institute

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Tuesday, 17 October 2023 00:00

A New Spring for Caspian Transit and Trade

By Svante E. Cornell and Brenda Shaffer
CACI Analyst Feature Article
October 17, 2023
 

image.pngMajor recent shifts, starting with the Taliban victory in Afghanistan and Russia’s war in Ukraine have led to a resurgence of the Trans-Caspian transportation corridor. This corridor, envisioned in the 1990s, has been slow to come to fruition, but has now suddenly found much-needed support. The obstacles to a rapid expansion of the corridor’s capacity are nevertheless considerable, given the underinvestment in its capacity over many years.

 For the first time in three decades, the establishment of formidable Trans-Caspian infrastructure has become viable. Shortly following the collapse of the USSR, the United States, the EU and most states of Central Asia and the Caucasus sought to establish Trans-Caspian trade and transport routes, initially focusing particularly on energy, and envisioned these routes as an essential strategic component of linking the region to the West and strengthening the political and economic independence of the countries of the region. Despite close to thirty years of policy efforts, these forces did not succeed in establishing infrastructure that would link both sides of the Caspian Sea in a manner that makes this a corridor for considerable transport of goods or energy. This, however, may be changing. Events in 2022 and 2023 have accelerated efforts of the states in the region to establish viable infrastructure links across the Caspian Sea.

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